President Obama is genial, charming, and respectful of his opponents. Not Senate majority leader Harry Reid. He's a nasty hyper-partisan who regularly launches personal attacks against Republicans. And he wasted no time singling out Sen. Lamar Alexander, Republican of Tennessee, in his opening remarks at the health care summit. Reid made Nancy Pelosi look like a model citizen.
Reid kept saying that Sen. Alexander is "entitled to your own opinion, but not your own facts." Which facts are those? Reid cited a Kaiser Foundation poll showing that large majorities would be disappointed if Congress did nothing on health care. But that same poll also shows support for health care reform sharply divided and majorities saying the current bill won't improve their condition.
Facts are stubborn things, Sen. Reid. And not all of them are on your side.